COVID-19 Sunday update: NH has 31 new cases; meat prices increase

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 6/28/2020 8:37:30 PM
Modified: 6/28/2020 8:37:28 PM

New Hampshire officials announced Sunday that an additional 31 people tested positive for coronavirus, but there were no new deaths.

The state Department of Health and Human Services said three more people were hospitalized with the virus, bringing the total number of those seeking hospital care to 565, or roughly 10% of all confirmed cases.

So far, the state has identified 5,747 cases of COVID-19 and 367 people have died. There are currently 968 active cases, according to DHHS figures.

Meanwhile, Vermont reported just two new cases of coronavirus Sunday and no new deaths.

Overall, the Green Mountain State has seen 56 deaths and 1,202 cases. Two people are currently hospitalized with the virus, according to the Vermont Department of Health.

Vermont employers announced layoffs

Two central Vermont employers have laid off a total of roughly 100 workers due to the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

National Life Group, based in Montpelier, announced this week that it has laid off 53 employees and sock manufacturer Darn Tough, in Northfield, said it let go of just under 50 workers.

National Life, a group of financial service companies that offers life insurance and annuity products, also laid off another 30 employees in Addison, Texas, and 12 in other remote locations, said Mehran Assadi, chairman, president and chief executive officer, according to the Times Argus.

He said the company does not expect further job cuts and that affected workers will be given severance pay and be reimbursed for their health care coverage.

“I know that we — National Life — will emerge from this crisis even stronger,” he said in a statement shared with employees. “The grit, determination and resiliency that you demonstrated as we transformed overnight into a virtual company will carry us into an even brighter future.”

Maine meat prices rising

Meat prices are on the rise in Maine as the result of temporary shutdowns of meat-processing plants around the country from COVID-19 outbreaks among workers, according to a Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram analysis of prices at the state’s two largest grocery store chains, Shaw’s and Hannaford Supermarkets.

The survey found ground beef prices increased as much as 30% from May 15 to June 15, and boneless chicken breast prices rose as much as 50% during the time period.

Restrictions reinforcement

Officials in Portland, Maine, are warning bars and restaurants in the city’s Old Port that police and code enforcement officials will be out enforcing the state’s pandemic restrictions following reports of large crowds in the popular nightlife district in recent days.

Tim Camerato can be reached at or 603-727-3223. Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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